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Jul 19

The Secret Garden Party 2012

Featuring Orbital, Tofowski and 199 more artists at Abbots Ripton


Thursday 19 July 2012Sunday 22 July 2012


Abbots Ripton
Huntingdon, United Kingdom

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The Secret Garden Party 2012
10 year anniversary
"Standing on Ceremony"

Artists that could not be added (as they have no Last.fm page):
Bo Tomas
Disqo Conqrette
Effect Mode & Illaman
Leo Altareli
MC Gaika
Rawkus Noize
Steve E Something
Mad Ox Brothers
DJ Randy Groover
Joe Robbins

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Like never before, we are aware of our unique position as a social animal. The carnival of the Olympics, the phenomena of the 2012 prophecies, the arrival of the seven billionth human, the dawn of the urban age: ours is a human world. Yet these ‘mass collective moments’ hint at a richer history, a more varied landscape of ceremonial occasion that have bound men together across the ages, that have reinforced and reinvented that most remarkable of our achievements: society.

This year, as The Garden celebrates her 10th Birthday, we explore those ceremonies, rituals, initiations, anniversaries and carnivals that bind us together, that emphasise matter over mind, that emphasise our true gifts as humans: social existence.

Great Britain has only recently emerged from a period of restrictive manners, customs and hierarchy. The explosion in the middle of the last century, of freedom, sexual liberation and rebellion, represents a volcanic eruption of the irrepressible lava of human expression. The Secret Garden Party, along with all modern hedonic gatherings, has direct links to this awakening and release of the human spirit.

So get your thinking caps on. Dream your own anniversaries, your own ceremonies, your own initiations. Don’t be a spectator, don’t be part of a passive congregation. Create gatherings and parties that breakdown the walls of inhibition, shyness, the other, the stranger. We are already naked, so use your freedom to unite with your fellow Gardener. 2012 is not the end of it all – it is merely a rallying call to unite, to come together, to reinforce the ties that bind.


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